The Right Road

Show me the path where I should go, O Lord; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me, teach me, for you are the God who gives me salvation. I have no hope except in you. Overlook my youthful sins, O Lord! Look at me instead through eyes of mercy and forgiveness, through eyes of everlasting love and kindness.

The Lord is good and glad to teach the proper path to all who go astray; he will teach the ways that are right and best to those who humbly turn to him. And when we obey him, every path he guides us on is fragrant with his lovingkindness and his truth. Psalm 25: 4-10 (TLB)

Nelly R. Reina lives in Cordoba, Argentina. One night she was alone in her car driving home when suddenly she wound up in a location she did not recognize. She had taken the wrong road and was in an area totally unfamiliar to her. Her uncertainty and anxiety at that moment were disconcerting to say the least. At last, she spotted a building she recognized, and it served as a point of reference. She got her bearings and found the road that would lead her home.

This experience reminds Nelly of those who have taken the wrong road spiritually and simply wander aimlessly through life. Many of us have taken a wrong road, but those roads do not lead to a joyful destination because they lead away from God. As we travel such alluring roads, it may appear as though we know where we are headed. But our lives are often burdened with uncertainty and anxiety because we are disoriented - not even aware of our final destination.

Jesus is "the way and the truth and the life" (John 14: 6). With his help we can find the right road and help others do the same.

Prayer: Guardian of us all, forgive our wandering ways. We lean on you to show us the path that leads to joyful obedience and to eternal life in Jesus Christ. We pray in His precious name, amen.

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